The thread of Laura Horelli’s work winds around the concepts of public and private; memory and narration; language, dialogue, and understanding. Her recent video films examine the past, in particular the relationship with her mother, reconstructing their history. The artist’s new video installation, in the making at the ISCP residence, will reflect upon the childhood of her mother in New York.

The exhibition Bodies, Borders, Crossings, produced by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, will open January 26th 2013 in the Norwegian national museum of photography, Preus Museum, in Horten.

Päivikki Kallio is a Helsinki-based visual artist and printmaker. For a printmaker, she works with very unusual media: video, sculpture, plaster, plexiglass, sandblasting, copper sheets, and mirrors. She experiments with the foundations and borders of printmaking by working with such different materials. The print in her work may be found as a shadow or reflection on the wall or printed or sandblasted on different surfaces.

Vibrant colors, dynamic patterns, three-dimensional graphics, and tangible textures: Santtu Mustonen’s recognizable design style brings together illustration and animation in a wonderfully original manner. The internationally successful illustrator’s portfolio includes designs for clients such as the New York Times, Adobe, Intel, International Organization for Migration, World Design Capital 2012 Helsinki, and Wired magazine.

Finnish production company IrisFilmi has made a documentary film about the artist Ossi Somma and his “50-year picture war”. Somma, born in 1926, has been making critical social art for over five decades.

Riikka Puronen is a Helsinki-based sculptor whose recent work includes sculpture installations and photography. In her latest work, she has used bronze and aluminum as well as mixed media to create pieces that have a mechanical and industrial, even futuristic air. Debbie&Mick (2012), Puronen’s most recent sculpture installation, is an abstract love story told through seven different abstract constructions composed of unusual materials like melted bronze, iron, burlap and glitter.

This fall season The Finnish Cultural Institute’s program has focused on school architecture. The Best School in the World exhibition opened October 1st and alongside it we organized three discussions in cooperation with the AIA Center for Architecture and the Consulate General of Finland in New York.

Photographer Wilma Hurskainen’s most recent undertaking is the photographic series No Name (2007-2011) in which she explores the themes of childhood, memory and time through photographs and text. Attaching text to images, Hurskainen wants to examine and question the means text and photograph employ to tell a story or a memory. A text seems more direct in its narration than a photograph; and yet it is the photograph that has an indexical relation to the past.

“It is the possibilities of a material or technique that appeal to me and often start the process.”

For jewelry designer and artist Inni Pärnänen, the excitement lies in the possibilities offered by the unusual materials she uses: parchment paper, cow horn, wax, copper and paint to name a few. Paper flower rings, parchment paper brooches in the shape of a leaf or a bud, necklaces with little flowers made of cow horn – Pärnänen’s jewels take their form from nature while their delicacy and translucence come from the materials used.

“For us design means celebrating the brilliant traditional skills and genuine materials.”

Aamu Song and Johan Olin are visual artists, designers and producers from Helsinki. They started their own design practice COMPANY in the year 2000. Since then, COMPANY has designed and produced clothes, accessories, utility articles and furniture. Song and Olin also work in the field of installation art and environmental art.

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